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Evan Rachel Wood Talks Harvey Weinstein, Sexual Assault, & Why Women Don't Come Forward Right Away (Video)

Evan Rachel Wood Talks Harvey Weinstein, Sexual Assault, & Why Women Don't Come Forward Right Away (Video)

Evan Rachel Wood is speaking out about Harvey Weinstein and the various sexual assault accusations being made against him.

In a YouTube video she posted on Wednesday (October 11), the 30-year-old Westworld actress – a sexual assault survivor herself who has revealed that she has been raped twice – explains why she and other survivors often have a hard time calling out their abusers.

“It took seven years to even admit to myself that I had been raped,” she says.

“These are the two things keeping women from telling their stories: No faith in the system that it will actually work for them and fear of their perpetrators,” she continues. “I’m not ashamed to say that I’m not ready to come forth with the names, because I’m here to identify a problem. I’m here to tell you that I’m afraid and I don’t think that’s my fault. I’m here to tell you that I’m afraid so that we can identify the problem.”

“We need to make people feel safe enough to come forward,” she adds. “You shouldn’t have to weigh your livelihood, your job, everything you’ve ever worked for, your reputation, your friends, your safety. That’s why women don’t come forward.”

When people ask why she stays in the industry, Evan responds, “You have a much better chance at fighting it from the inside. You have to stay and fight. Otherwise, they win.”

Watch the powerful full video below.


I’m here to tell you that I’m afraid
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  • Utope

    The women who didn’t come forward should not be blamed. This is a tough industry, Harvey could have easily ruined them. What is to blame is the system that allows powerful people in every industry to do terrible things to people and get away with it. We can no longer afford a culture of silence, because it ruins many lives.

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    They haven’t won. They’ve already lost. So have you. It wasn’t rape. It was a set up to take down thieves. Twisting my words : ‘Our book’. As in, ‘God, my higher self and I’. NOT the Lakota. And I’m not a hypocrite. It is my birthright. You and the others have violated everything sacred the Bear represents. Your little petty uprising is a joke. The only change that matters is the change that will never happen. Because of you, the children will ALWAYS be tortured, raped and murdered. They will ALWAYS live in fear. You can thank yourself for that.

  • Randall

    “No faith in the system that it will actually work for them and fear of their perpetrators.”

    Well said Evan!